Describe the new page here.== Gentlemen Adventurers : Chapter One : Europe 1839 ==
Session 003: A Fortune In Beer February 1839
- ArnoldTodgersHamelton - DaveF
- WallaceTiffinSmythe - PeteN
- GladstoneArchiboldThynne - TimE
- LadyElsbethMacBeth - CathyE
- RevGabrielSpooner - AdrianW
Lady Macbeth, being the only able-bodied member of the ban performs some necessary first-aid, at the expense of one of her layers of petticoats, and then rushes for aid in the village. The men folk recover somewhat, start a small fire and recover one of the chests (and some cognac for medicinal purposes) from the back of the cave.
The chest is stoutly locked and they set to trying to opening it with pitons & hammer from their climbing equipment. In their reduced state the succeed only in prysing it open a tantalising crack before Lady macbeth arrives with the Landlord and 5 stout villagers to assist carrying everyone back to the Inn. Wallace is still unconcious and is carried, the rest are 'walking wounded'. Todgers recovers his dagger from the cave mouth.
Arriving at the Inn the injured folk are arrayed in chairs in front of the huge log fire in the lounge bar and plied with warming drinks while the casks of cognac are secured in the cellar. Elsbeth requests the private use of a back-room and investigates the two chests, which are still firmly locked. Todgers and Gladstone join her and Todgers remembers seeing a huge crow-bar in the cellar used to move heavy barrels around, which he asks the Inn keeper for. With the new tool the three of them attack the already weakened chest, and Rev. Hamilton upon his recovery discovers the 'Gentlemen' sitting on the chest while Elsbeth swings on the bar trying to pop the hinges. As he protests the hinges break and the adventurers gather around the chest, pulling back a fine velvet cover to reveal it is full of black coins. A quick investigation reveals they are not only silver but ancient, Todgers recons Anglo-saxon, and gives a swift estimate that if the other chest is similar they would be worth tens of thousands of pounds!
Realising that whoever lost such and fortune would be 'very'
keen to have it back the party gather every gun and weapon they can find into the back-room and sit nevously awake for the night. Todgers 'agrees' with the Inn Keeper that a certain amount of 'leakage' is to be expected from one of the Cognac casks as it was already damanged, and a few pints are provided to the party, while the locals get riotously drunk in the public bar, toasting "here's to Lord hamilton's leakage".
Very early the next morning a rider gallops up to the Inn (while it is still dark), and a well dressed 'gentlemens man' presents a very high quality card and indicates that Squire JackRattenbury requests the urgent pleasure of their company as the people who have so bravely 'recovered his stolen goods' which he has apparently had a reward for the recovery of posted since they were 'stolen by hywaymen' while being transported to London. Choosing to belive the offer, and after much discussion the party agree and are taken by a coach which is sent for them to the village of Beer (DM note sorry I said Bude last night it was Beer - getting my devon towns mixed up). The party conjecture that someone must have ridden like the wind through the night to get a message to Beer, and that the Gentlemen's man, one GeorgeSlater?, must have ridden similarly hard to get back here so early. They also note that everyone in the village shows a lot of deference to George and that Giles the Inn keeper is on first name terms.
The tired and wounded party arrive at a fine house overlooking Beer harbour.
- www.smuggling.co.uk/ for the background on 'King Ratt'
- www.victorian-paintings.com for the minature of gossi[s in beer
- http://www.ruralhistory.org/ for steamer on Bude canal pic